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Take Your Breath Away with our Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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  1. Couple hiking the Mourne Mountains and enjoying the landscape
    Visit Mourne is home to some of the most spectacular natural landscapes in the world. The Mournes Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is at the heart of this. From majestic mountains, to sweeping coastal views, the Mournes area is one of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes in Northern Ireland.
  2. Visitor reading informational signage about Slieve Gullion
    The Ring of Gullion Area of Natural Beauty offers contrasting landscapes, diverse landscapes, rich culture and history, and countless opportunities to fall in love with the great outdoors.
  3. 2 cyclists enjoying the scenery at the slip of Strangford Lough Ferry.
    Visit Mourne hosts three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Strangford and Lecale is named in part for Strangford Lough, but it also offers forested walks, opulent country gardens and beaches.
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  1. Walking trails at Tollymore Forest Park
    Visit Mourne is home to expansive woodlands and dedicated parks. Whether you want to escape to the forest, or spend a fun family day out in one of our many adventure play parks, you’ll be well catered for in Down and Armagh.
  2. The entrance to Castlewellan Arboretum Gardens at Castlewellan Forest Park.
    Visit Mourne is home to some of the most diverse and best-preserved wildlife populations in Ireland. Our varied landscapes and committed conservationists help to ensure that our natural environment is protected for generations to come.
  3. Couple walking with their dog along the sand dunes of Murlough Bay Beach
    Visit Mourne is famous as the land where the mountains sweep down to the sea. Our rugged coastline is home to sweeping views, pristine sands, and the fresh sea air. Towns and villages along the coastline offer a warm welcome to sea lovers from around the world.
  4. Rural Countryside in The Mournes
    Visit Mourne is synonymous with the peaks and valleys of the Mourne Mountains. Whether you’re a seasoned mountaineer, or you want a fun family day out against the backdrop of the mountains, there is something for everyone amidst the Mournes.
  5. Replica high cross set in the foyer at the St Patrick Centre, Downpatrick.
    Visit Mourne is the home of Ireland’s most famous son, Saint Patrick. Patrick spent his adult life preaching around Ireland, based largely in County Down. Follow in Patrick’s footsteps, and learn about the Ireland he inhabited all the way back in the 5th century.
  6. Couple sitting along the banks of Newy Canal eading a guide book
    From bustling urban life, to quiet rural escapes, the Visit Mourne region offers a wide variety of experiences. Our mountains and forests are the setting for towns, villages, beaches and lakes, with each area offering its own unique character.
  7. The Fairy Glen is a picturesque riverside walk with the Kilbroney River meandering through a copse of trees.
    Visit Mourne’s urban centres and rural townlands are spread throughout our mountains, forests and lakes. From bustling economic hubs to quiet rural escapes, our towns and villages are steeped in history, culture and heritage.
  8. Walkers reading some maps at Saint Patrick Centre gift shop, Downpatrick
    Luckily for visitors, Visit Mourne has lots for you to see. Planning ahead can make your visit to our region that little bit easier. We can give you the best advice, maps, and guides to help you get the most out of your trip.
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